Best, Sir Robert Wallace

Born 18 June 1856 (Collingwood, Victoria)
Died 27 March 1946. (Hawthorn)
Parents: Robert, customs officer, and Jane Wallace
Marriage: (1) 1881 Collingwood, Jane Caroline Langridge; 3s. 2d.; (2) 1902, Maude Evelyn Crocker-Smith; 4d.
Occupation: Lawyer
Religion: Church of England
Education: Templeton's School, Fitzroy, matriculated 1875-1876, studied law at the University of Melbourne.

Career: Employed as clerk from age 13; admitted solicitor 1881 and commenced practice in Melbourne; partnered T. Fink (Fink & Best) 1886, the firm becoming successively Fink, Best & P. D. Phillips 1889, Fink, Best & Hall 1894, Fink, Best & Miller 1917-1932; president Vic. Cricket and Football Associations. KCMG 1908. Fitzroy City Councillor 1883-1897, Mayor 1888-1889.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLAFitzroyApril 1889 May 1901Resigned.

Non-Victorian Parliamentary Service: Senator (Vic) 1901-1910; MHR Kooyong 1910-1922
Appointments: President Board land & Works, commissioner Crown Lands & Survey and commissioner Trade & Customs 27 Sept 1894-5 Dec 1899; royal commission constitutional reform (chairman) 1894. Commonwealth: first Deputy President, Vice-President of Executive Council 1907-08, Minister for Trade and Customs 1909-10, Leader of the Government in the Senate 1907-08, Standing Orders Committee 1901-09.
References: Smith, J. (ed.), 'Cyclopedia of Victoria', 3 vols, Melbourne, 1903-05, 1; Who's Who in Australia, 1906-1944; Table Talk, 20 Oct 1894, 28 Feb 1901; Age, Argus, 28 Mar 1946; The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, Vol. 1.
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: 1972 (last date the record was checked and updated)

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